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József körút ••• The next section of the Nagykörút is sonamed because it crosses the eighth district, which was named Józsefváros in 1777 after the future Emperor Joseph II. Behind the row of buildings towards Kálvin tér, the area becomes increasingly elegant. Aristocrats had their town houses,

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Corvin/Szigony Project 35M Práter – Szigony – Tömő – Balassa –  Apáthy – Szigony – Üllői – Kisfaludy utca ••• Over the cinema, you can see the front of an overpowering new develepoment which spans several blocks. Small apartments were razed by the hundred to make way for the offices, condominiums and shops here. It is definitely worth a detour. Completion is expected in 2016.

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Corvin Budapest Film Palace 35M, 36C VIII. Corvin köz, www.corvin.hu ••• The first cinemas in Budapest were usually located on the ground floors of residential buildings. This one, built by Emil Bauer in 1923, is a rare exception. It used to have a lobby that was just about as large as its auditorium, which had 1,300 seats. Then in 1996 it was converted to a multiplex cinema with six screens. Designed by Balázs Töreky, Dezső Töreky and László Rajk, the only problem is that the entrance is too narrow – one of the few aspects of the original design that was impossible to change. Each screen is named for a legendary film director and the interior and hallways are decorated with old cinema posters. On one side there is the pleasant Casablanca café, on the other there is the Odeon art video rental shop. Along with the buildings surrounding it, the cinema, with its façade that has neo-Baroque elements, is a good example of architectural design that uses a modern structure but is conservative in its style. This was one of the headquarters of armed resistance in 1956 and was the site of some of the fiercest fighting.

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The museum was one of the first innovators in the somewhat backward mid-1990s Hungarian museum scene, which is still more or less dominated by professors interested in scholarly publications, rather than community outreach education or entertaining the public. It has a flavour reminiscent of American museums, and in places it even feels like Chicago’s Field Museum. It has been promised that the surrounding area (called Orczy-kert) will sooner or later be added to the museum to form a new ecological park – a somewhat vague promise to speed up Hungary’s rather slow change in green matters. The museum is well-worth a detour (from the Ferenc körút station to Klinikák it is one stop on the M3 metro followed by a five minute walk, mostly through a park).

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décor is organised around this: money and various forms of gambling, presented fairly crudely but with humour. Photographs, original and facsimile documents all over the walls, all with personal comments: as if the owner is trying to tell you all about grandparents and great-grandparents who lived their lives under the spell of little gambles here and there. There’s a bronze bust of Alfréd Stex, the founder of the family, on the bar Millennium counter. As you goQuarter, along and in, you see lottery and other...cards to fill in: 261 the

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